24th Annual Bicycle Auction
April 18, 2015 at 10 AM (EST)
Featuring the Howie Cohen Collection from Colorado (including ephemera, collectibles, posters etc.), A Templeton, MA Bicycle collection (including rare Rudge Adult Tricycle) & More!
The Howie Cohen Collection
Howie’s career was truly his passion. At the age of 23, Howie became president of West Coast Cycle Supply Company, at which time he searched the world for a factory that would produce high-quality bicycles.
He located that factory in Kobe, Japan, and the result were the Nishiki and Azuki bicycle lines. Already an avid collector, by the mid 1970’s Howie had an impressive collection of antique boneshakers, penny-farthings, tricycles and safety bicycles. The complete bicycle collection stayed with WCCSC with the sale of that company.
Howie started his new company, Everything Bicycles, and was asked by the Kuwahara Company of Osaka, Japan to design a new bicycle for them. The result was the popular and successful Kuwahara BMX Bicycle Line.
All this time and into retirement, Howie’s personal collection continued to grow as he acquired bicycles and bicycle memorabilia from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Howie’s life-long dream opening a bicycle museum didn’t come to fruition before his death in 2013, but he did begin cataloging his vast collection with his own notes and historical citations on his website, www.howiebikeman.com
Howie Cohen, Sr.
Thursday April 16, 11-5 PM – Friday April 17, 11-5 PM – Saturday April 18, 8-9 AM
1886 Singer "The Traveller Tandem" made in Coventry ("Humbers Patent"). Singer had a license from Humber and the front part is quickly detachable leaving a 'Humber' type single machine when desired. See H. H. Griffin, Bicycles & Tricycles of the Year 1886. Serial no. 41515, 44" wheels, 40" W x 6' 8" L. Older restoration, very good condition.
Sold Price: $10,238
C. 1889 - 1891 Columbia light roadster hard tire safety having 21" split section frame, spring fork, coaster pegs, chain guard, rear step, front and rear fenders, front activated rear brake. 32" front and 31" rear wheels, matching grips and pedals, restored correct saddle. A scarce large frame model in very good restored condition.
Sold Price: $7,020
Exceptional C. 1898 Pierce chainless 22" frame pneumatic safety "cushion" frame model having double leaf spring front forks and "Hygenic Wheel Co." rear shock (made for Pierce). This restored example has all the bells and whistles including Kelly handle bars, celluloid grips, "Christy" anatomical saddle, Pierce Arrow logo leather tool pouch, matching pedals, New Departure (made for Pierce) front and rear hubs, matching "Elizabethtown Universale Tire Co." red, 28" button tread tires. Stunning restoration, super paint with color matched rims, excellent nickel plating. The best Pierce we have ever offered.
Sold Price: $6,727
C. 1888 "Pony" star high wheel safety, patented by George Pressey of Hammonton NJ, produced by H.B. Smith Machine Co. Smithville NJ. Very original example, untouched condition. Serial no. 3626, retains identification badge, cast bell, possibly original saddle, 24" front 39" rear wheels, original grips, brakes, Old Sol head lamp, tires appear to be replaced. Very good rider, one of the best original Stars we have offered. This is the smallest example of this machine we have offered.
Sold Price: $16,380
C. 1960's Bowden "Spacelander" bicycle in "charcoal" black. Retains rear rack (usually missing), manufactured by Bomard Industries, Grand Haven Michigan, designed by Benjamin Bowden, an English industrial designer noted for his work on early Chevrolet Corvettes and the iconic Ford Thunderbird. This model represents industrial design as art. Mr. Bowden finally produced approx. 522 bicycles circa 1957-1961. Ex Jimmy Valentine collection, North Hollywood, CA. Serial #B009969. Very good condition.
Sold Price: $7,020